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Virtual Tours and Talks from Britain's Best Tourist Guides

Press Release: Virtual Tours and Talks 15/04/20

Free web-based TV offered by Britain’s army of elite Blue Badge Tourist Guides.

Information published in The Telgraph, 19th April 2020. Article can be found here.


One antidote to trash television and eating too much during lockdown is free web-based TV offered by Britain’s army of elite Blue Badge Tourist Guides - subjects range from stately homes to London street art via the Beatles in Liverpool, with quizzes and music in the mix.

Enterprising tourist guides are making the most of lockdown time, creating new and exciting ways to share their wide and quirky knowledge. Using web-based social media and radio links, they are providing expert talks about all sorts of intriguing aspects of British history and culture. 

It is likely that the guides, who make their living from tourists during the summer months, will lose the vast majority of their work this year.

Here are some of the best lockdown offerings from the Blue Badge guides -






The Institute of Tourist Guides represents nearly 2,000 qualified guides over the UK, many guiding in a language other than English. To be a Blue Badge Tourist Guide means undergoing lengthy training courses and having to pass demanding exams before being let loose on the general public.

Marilyn Collis, President of the Institute of Tourist Guiding said “we pride ourselves on being the best tourist guides in the world and we will bounce back introducing a resurgent tourist market to all that our wonderful island nation has to offer.”







For further information about Tourist Guides please contact:

Marilyn Collis  07850 435303  president@itg.org.uk

David Poyser 07767 498040 david.poyser@blueyonder.co.uk

Richard Ing  07764 200118 richard@ingtours.co.uk

Anthony Le Sueur  020 7680 7147  alesueur@itg.org.uk

Fred Mawer  07941 371439   fred.mawer@btinternet.com









The Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG) is a professional membership organisation which is committed to developing, maintaining and promoting professional standards in tourist guiding. Blue Badge Tourist Guides train for regions, Green Badge Tourist Guides work in cities and White Badge Tourist Guides work in heritage sites.



This communication is circulated by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, the British Guild of Tourist Guides, the Association of Professional Tourist Guides and the Driver-Guides Association.

Marilyn Collis - President, Institute of Tourist Guiding  https://www.itg.org.uk/

Elizabeth Eastwood - Chair, British Guild of Tourist Guides https://britainsbestguides.org/

Danny Parlour - Chair, Association of Professional Tourist Guides  https://www.guidelondon.org.uk/

Angela Akehurst - Chair, Driver Guides Association  https://www.driver-guides.org.uk/